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THE PARTY THAT CHANGED CANADA: THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY THEN AND NOW.

McDonald, Lynn.

Toronto, Macmillan, 1987. 270pp, paper, $14.95, ISBN 0-7715-9559-X. CIP

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by Thomas F. Chambers

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July


Lynn McDonald is the NDP MP for the Toronto riding of Broad view-Greenwood. She is the vice-chairperson of the NDP caucus and has acted as her party's critic in the House of Commons on a variety of issues. In her book, she gives the history of her party, its leaders, and its ideology. She also discusses the success of socialist parties in other countries and outlines the NDPís position on a number of economic and social issues facing Canada.

McDonald is an articulate writer and most enthusiastic in her enunciation of NDP policies. She succeeds well in her goal of telling her party's story. Anyone wanting a primer in NDP politics from an insider's viewpoint will find her book invaluable.

McDonald is also, as expected, highly partisan. She has some of the usual sour grapes approach to Canadian politics associated with the NDP. For example, in discussing the fact that corporations donate funds to both the other political parties, she neglects to mention that the NDP's constitution forbids corporate donations.

In describing the Senate as a "reactionary institution." she also shows a lack of understanding of the nature of the bicameral system of government. All McDonald had to do was ask CCF founding member, former senator Eugene Forsey, to find out the Senate's true worth.


Thomas F. Chambers, Canadore College, North Bay, Ont.
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